New Bridge Middle School eight-grade student Rukmini Arcot has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.
The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and their country, was presented by the Prudential Spirit of Community program on behalf of President Barack Obama.
Arcot, 13, of Jacksonville, NC has completed a number of volunteer projects within the school setting and in her community.
Arcot participated in a teaching, tutoring and mentoring program for younger children. She played a key leadership role in the organization and committed 74 hours to the project in the prior school year. Her desire to make an impact began in fourth grade when she visited a nursing home as a volunteer to perform orchestral music for the residents. The experience was added to through her work with preschoolers and the Christmas Cheer program. Within her school she participates in the Science Ambassadors and Bear Buddies. With regard to working with young people, Arcot said, “I wish to pass on my enthusiasm to volunteer to the children I encounter during my volunteering activities. I will encourage them to volunteer and persevere as they may surprise themselves with what they can accomplish; even I surprised myself with how much love I had for teaching.”
Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NAASP), the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program recognizes young people across America for outstanding community service activities. More than 345,000 young people have been considered for these awards since the program began in 1995.
“The recipients of these awards vividly demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” said John R. Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. “In recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteers service activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”
“Demonstrating civic responsibility through community volunteerism is an important part of life,” said NAASP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”